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Visiting Leh In December - Possible?

Discussion in 'Jammu & Kashmir' started by Wanderlust, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. Wanderlust

    Wanderlust Member

    Is there a way to visit Leh Ladakh in the winter season, say in December or January? It would be awesome to experience the thick snow covered mountain landscapes.

    But I was wondering whether the hotels and eateries would be open during that time of the year as not too many tourists would pay a visit in the winter days.
    Debapriya Deb likes this.

  2. Debapriya Deb

    Debapriya Deb Active Member

    Visiting Leh in December is an interesting choice. In-fact, it's just a bit short of being crazy!

    It is possible to visit Leh in December, but only via the air route. Both Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways will remain closed during the winter season due to heavy snowfall around the high altitude mountain passes. So the only option for you is to fly in and fly out of the valley. Air connectivity to Leh is available from Delhi airport, provided the weather is clear. Keep yourself mentally prepared for sudden flight cancellations.

    You can find accommodation in guest houses and hotels within the Leh town limits. Food can somehow be arranged, but it would be limited for sure. All said and done, rest assured that Leh will be freezing cold in December. Mercury level is expected to fall down below -15 degree Celsius, so be prepared to bear it out.

    Sightseeing options will also be limited as quite a few remote areas will be cut of from Leh during the winter days. If weather permits, then you can probably visit a few Buddhist monasteries in and around the Leh town. You may also visit Nubra Valley if Khardung La pass remains open during that time. Chang La pass usually remains open throughout the year, so you can probably make your way to Pangong Tso lake as well.

    And don't forget to share your experience of visiting Leh in December, - if you manage to succeed in your plan. That can act as an inspiration for the fellow 'crazy' travellers (like me) :)